back to article Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register

Bill Clinton was president of the United States when I first started at The Register, mobile phones (and anything else "mobile") were low-rez monochrome chunks of plastic, and politicians were slack-jawed children when it came to technology. Some things don't change, but today one thing does. After 19 years – the first seven …

  1. Steven Raith

    An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

    Heaven forfend. And, that is going back a bit to be fair...

    Good luck in the future Mr O, I'll be sure to intermittently annoy you on Twitter, I'm sure....

    Steven R

    1. MyffyW Silver badge

      Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

      One never really appreciates El Reg talent until it's flown the nest. Best of luck Andrew.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

      Amusingly/sadly Andrew O won't let anyone follow him on Twitter until he has approved the request. I guess some things don't change! :-D

      (I promise not to be snarky! Well, not much, it is The Register way, after all...)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

        Well he's written some wonderful articles but also intensly annoyed me with some of his copyright pieces.

        In either case I wish him all the best for the next 19 years and beyond!

      2. Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

        It's all open now, just click and you're in right away.

    3. Annihilator

      Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

      "Today it's the comments that really make The Register so different."

      I did find that line in the article amusing...

  2. PTW

    Au revoir Mr Marmite!

    You certainly kept the commentards busy, and I for one will miss your contributions.

    Have a beer on me, with best wishes for the future!

  3. Alan Sharkey

    Thanks for all the fish


    I've enjoyed reading your articles - have a great time in whatever you get up to next


  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    What ?


    I wish you all the best, Andrew, but this is terrible.

    You'll be missed.

    1. LDS Silver badge

      "You'll be missed."

      Not by everybody, I guess <G> but I'll miss Andrew, even when I didn't agree with him. But if you one always agrees, where's the fun? And moreover, where's the real journo who can give you an independent point of view?

      El Reg loses one of its sharpest talons, though

      Thanks for all the good articles read in those years - they were always well written, informative and helpful to understand the IT world and build new knowledge.

      1. Mark 85 Silver badge

        Re: "You'll be missed."

        I quite agree. Andrew always made one think even if we disagreed with him.

        Good luck with the new life, Andrew. May you have fair winds and following seas.

        1. Andrew Norton

          Re: "You'll be missed."

          Mostly it was "what the f**k is he thinking? did he bother to research, or did he just copy bits from the first press release that caught his eye?"

          He's very much the Piers Morgan of tech reporting.

          1. Chronos

            Re: "You'll be missed."

            No, Piers is just a professional shit-stirrer with a face born to slap, clueless about whatever subject he's meddling with and fuckwitted in his willingness to consider he may be wrong, which is pretty much all the time. Jeremy Vine is of the same ilk.

            You do Andrew a grave disservice. At the very least, Andrew's articles were thought-provoking and had a human angle rather than just being an opinion-diktat on how we all should think. Unlike Piers, you could persuade him to reconsider with facts rather than uninformed opinion.

            Whether you agree with some of his opinions or not, his talent will be missed and I, for one, wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

  5. IsJustabloke


    I haven't always agreed with everything you've said but I've generally enjoyed your ed ops

    You clearly have good knowledge and passion about a subject most people consider quite dry.

    All the best for the future

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Well...

      Isn't that what we need more of? Not the silly polemics, but thought-provoking disagreements and discussions.

      To Andrew's credit you also can see that it's been very much a two-way thing and that he's read and absorbed criticism and adjusted his position, much as many of us have as well.

      1. IsJustabloke
        Thumb Up

        Re: Well...

        "Isn't that what we need more of?"

        yep, no argument from me.

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: Well...

          But I came here for an argument !

          1. STOP_FORTH

            Re: Well...

            Oh no you didn't. Is it panto season already?

          2. Chronos

            Re: Well...

            Oh, sorry, this is abuse. You want 12A, just down the corridor.

  6. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    As the Actress said to the Bishop...

    "Well, it was never boring!"

    Bon Voyage and good luck with your continued scribblings.

  7. TheMaven

    Thank you Andrew

    Damn it. You'll be missed.

    1. Semtex451

      Re: Thank you Andrew

      Just to second that.

      Today is a very bad day indeed. Goodbye thank you and good luck Andrew.

      BTW- Does this mean Apple will talk to El Reg?

      1. Gavin Park Weir

        Re: Thank you Andrew

        And thirded from me

      2. Sir Runcible Spoon

        Re: Thank you Andrew

        BTW- Does this mean Apple will talk to El Reg?

        If they do, I hope it's only so El Reg can hang up on them.

        1. Anonymous Coward

          Re: Thank you Andrew

          +10,000! Rarely agreed with Andrew; always, always read his pieces for precisely that reason.

          1. Intractable Potsherd

            Re: Thank you Andrew

            I sometimes agreed with you, Andrew, but not always. I remember a few years ai when you responded personally by email to a comment I'd made - I was surprised and touched that you had read my comment.

            I'll be following you on Twatter to see what is next in line for you.

  8. Aladdin Sane


  9. magickmark

    So long and thanks for all the fish

    Like so many have said already, thanks for the work you've put in and good luck with anything you do in the future.

    Have a beer or two on us all!

  10. James Dore



  11. Rich 11 Silver badge

    Bon chance...

    ...and if your replacement isn't worth arguing with, I'm going to cancel my subscription.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Bon chance...

      ...and if your replacement isn't worth arguing with, I'm going to cancel my subscription.

      The return of Lewis Page ?

      1. LucreLout

        Re: Bon chance...

        ...and if your replacement isn't worth arguing with, I'm going to cancel my subscription.

        The return of Lewis Page ?

        Any chance of getting Warstall back?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Bon chance...

          I'm reading Tim over at his Continental Telegraph these days. Still iconoclastic to the bone. The Economist isn't worth the bother, or expense, and Tim is far cheaper (even free!) to support.

          Side note: Didn't know Andrew O. has a 'blog. Added to speed dial.

      2. Spock2

        Re: Bon chance...

        If Lewis Page returns, you won't need to cancel your subscription. He'll do it for you.

    2. Sir Runcible Spoon

      Re: Bon chance...

      "I'm going to cancel my subscription."

      I demand a refund!!

      1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

        Re: Bon chance...

        Can we not get The Moderatrix back?

  12. big_D Silver badge

    You've been here...

    almost as long as me. I was reading El Reg from the get-go.

    It was always interesting to read and article, without looking at the author. After a few sentences I would generally think, "hmm, that must be from Andrew!" Scroll back to the masthead and look and 99/100 times I'd be right. I once mistook one of your stories for a Dabsy, nobody is perfect, I suppose.

    All the best in the future!

  13. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge


    Your articles were often thought provoking and I enjoyed a lot of the (deliberately or otherwise) provocative ones, regardless of whether I agreed. Best of luck.

    1. genghis_uk

      Re: Cheers

      Couldn't have said this better so I won't - have an upvote instead

      All the very best Andrew, it's been emotional!

    2. Jamie Jones Silver badge

      Re: Cheers

      Agreed 100%.

      Good luck Andrew - the most recognisable name on El Reg

  14. ShortLegs

    So long, and thanks for all the tish ;)

    Good luck in the future, whatever you do.

  15. ratfox

    All the best to you

    Wow, that's the like end of an era. I think you've done more than anyone to define The Register.

    It's dangerous to go alone! Take this beer.

  16. Whitter

    Live long and propser

    Hope life post-E-Reg treats you well!

  17. John H Woods

    I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

    ... but your articles were well-written, well-considered and hugely entertaining. All the best ...

    1. Aqua Marina

      Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

      I was going to say pretty much the same thing, but then I realised that despite that, I always did read the articles, and then the comments (when they eventually became enabled) so I'm guessing he was doing his job right.

      Good luck wherever you end up and feel free to come back to the comments where we can continue to disagree!

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

        Good luck wherever you end up and feel free to come back to the comments where we can continue to disagree! .... Aqua Marina

        Or where we can continue to share with Andrew, Almighty AIdDevelopments . It's in the DNA of the Register. ITs Raison d'Être.

        Would you disagree, and Driver A.N.Other Course with Myriad Sources?

        The Question to Ask is ..... Are they Almighty? ...... for that is Heavenly and Opens Pandora's Box Full of Delights to Pacify with the Supply of Insatiable Immense Satisfaction. :-) ..... which is believed to be Unbelievably Addictive and Soul Consuming

        Hmmmm? Heaven above or Perfect for Hell?

        LOVERule. Advanced IntelAIgent Systems Programs Assuming Lead Command with Remote Virtual Controls in Live Operational Virtual Environments Toasting to El Reg and All Registering here.

        Questions we love to ask to never doubt the perfect answer. Which is always the Absolute Truth ..... the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth Thing ........ is something of a Register Specialisation/Biting the Hand that Feeds IT Niche Tour de Force.

        :-) GBIrish at its finest salutes you, AO.

        1. Sir Runcible Spoon

          Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

          I think we may have our Rosetta stone for amfm1 ;)

          1. TheRealRoland

            Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

            nice one :-)

          2. STOP_FORTH

            Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

            Smash it now. Then nuke it from orbit. Some things are not meant to be known.

  18. Dazzz


    Dont forget to use uber eats while ordering food for your film watching, they need all the income they can get :-)

  19. chivo243 Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    Everyone has their time

    Time to stay and enjoy the company, time to leave and look for new adventures. Everyone has their time!

    Best Wishes!

  20. }{amis}{

    Good Luck And have fun

    Thank you for helping to make El Reg one of the brightest lights in tech journalism.

  21. Victor Ludorum

    Where did the time go?

    19 years? Are you sure? Shurely shome mishtake?

    Seriously though, many thanks for all of your insightful scribblings. May you continue your perspicacious verbosity in your future ventures, whatever and wherever they may be.

  22. m0rt

    Who will fly the Blackberry flag now??

    I'll have to do it myself in the comments....

    Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish!

    1. TheRealRoland

      Re: Who will fly the Blackberry flag now??

      Will be there, shoulder to shoulder.

  23. Chris G Silver badge

    I have disagreed with your opinions on a few occasions but you were always worth reading.

    !9 years anywhere, even El Reg is long enough and time for new things.

    Good luck in the future!

  24. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

    You will be missed ...

    by the many many people who have depended on you for their daily or weekly dose of being annoyed about something

    and of course by those who have enjoyed your articles (the intersection of these groups is non-empty, I gather from the above).

    I'll buy you a pint if ever we should meet

  25. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Moving on and up?

    Are you going to be a Condor now?

  26. Down not across Silver badge

    So long and thanks for all the articles

    As few have said, I have thoroughly enjoyed your articles whether I agreed with you or not. Disagreement is a good thing anyway, there is much more to talk about and to learn if we don't all just agree.

    I wish you the best on your endeavours, and hey you could always become a commentard.

    I'd also like to thank for reminding me of some of Sarah's best lines. It hasn't been same here without the Moderatrix.

  27. Alister

    Very sad day.

    Like others, I didn't always agree with you, but you always provoked thought and comment, and that's what a journalist should do.

    Best of luck for the future.

  28. tfewster

    Mr Orlowski

    Strongly opinionated, often at odds with the zeitgeist, but essential reading on the "why" of tech news rather than just the what. You owe me several keyboards, but you will be missed. My best wishes sir.

  29. A Nonny Moose

    Phone reviews

    I hope you'll be leaving directions to the Post Box and fruit market for whoever will be taking over the phone reviews, otherwise we'll have nothing to compare the cameras with

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Phone reviews

      I'd just come on here to say that. In fact I was even considering creating a sock-puppet account called something like Andrew Orlowski's Postbox in order to complain about him going.

      How will the poor thing ever get attention now?*

      I've found myself agreeing with Andrew O far more times than I've disagreed, so I've defended him in the comments a few times from the raging mobs. For example, he was one of the early voices being rather rude about Google, when most of the media had their tongues so far up the Google collective arsehole that they could clean their Google Glasses for them...

      Although I'm pretty sure that Andrew is also the one to blame for me buying a Windows phone. Well 2 in fact. He was very clear about both the upsides and downsides of the system, and I'm still a happy Win Phone 8.1 user - still haven't bothered to upgrade to 10, also on his original recommendation.

      Andrew, you are the Cassandra of mobile phone OSes. Or is that the Jonah? Your Blackberry (and lesser) Windows Phone love have entirely failed to keep them at the top. Which is a shame.

      I hope post-Reg life treats you well, and fills your life with pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows. Or beer. Or whatever...


      *And by that I obviously meant the said post box, not Andrew O himself. Heaven forfend!

      1. Andrew Orlowski's Postbox

        Re: Phone reviews

        How will the poor thing ever get attention now?

        I have plenty of other projects on the go thank you very much

        1. Andrew Orlowski's Ethopian Fruit Bowl

          Re: Phone reviews

          Nice to see you here Postbox, but what about me?

  30. Spoobistle


    Talking Pictures Tv (81 on Freeview) much better for B&W films! Don't waste your time on BBC2, rapidly turning into a mushy lifestyle pap channel.

  31. Peter Prof Fox


    A knowledgeable journalist looks at news from the side. Reporters follow on behind. Opinionated fill-spaces whine like mosquitoes with no direction. Good luck.

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

      Re: Champion

      I notice you didn't attribute any of those roles to Mr Orlowski :P

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    End of an institution

    ...okay, not really - but think of the pathos!

    Okay, seriously now: thank you for all your hard work, Andrew. The Register wouldn't have been the same without you, and while this has already been mentioned in several other comments let me be yet another one to state that while I have on many occasions disagreed with the points you have made in your articles, they have generally (the polite way would be to say "always" but we all make mistakes at times) been well written and I have enjoyed reading them.

    Good luck in your future endavours!

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: End of an institution

      Broadmoor is also an institution...


    This is not good enough

    Who is going to take photos of that letterbox now?


      Re: This is not good enough

      Sorry, meant pillar-box.

      1. STOP_FORTH

        Re: This is not good enough

        I'd like to apologise for repeating someone else's jokey comment. Not visible to me when I wrote this because of moderation buffering. Sorry.

  34. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Once KGB, always KGB:-)

    Here's to greener pastures, AO. And thanks for the all the understandings.

  35. Kane Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    "...and politicians were slack-jawed children when it came to technology."

    They still are, Andrew.

    Good luck, and all the best for the future!

  36. Flicker

    Au revoir to the world's only other Windows Phone enthusiast! El Reg will be the poorer for your departure, but life moves on. Good luck and best wishes for wherever your writing takes you...

    1. hopkinse

      errr I'm still using my 6 year old nokia 1020 WP8.1 :-P

  37. Andrew Moore

    So long...

    Thanks for the graft and good luck with whatever comes next.

  38. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All the best, enjoyed many of your articles and also disagreed with some but on the whole that's what journalism is supposed to be, if I wanted to agree with every article I'd have a lobotomy and start reading the daily mail.

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

      I'd have a lobotomy and start reading the daily mail

      I understand that the latter provides the former in any case. I'll get my lab coat.

  39. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

    One less reason to check El Reg. *sigh*

  40. TaabuTheCat

    OK, I'll admit

    You had an usual way with words Andrew - and not always in way I could understand. Many times I'd have to read a paragraph or two more than once to figure out what it is you were saying, but nonetheless, it's this diversity of style that makes a place like The Reg unique. Hope whomever follows you will have the same passion you brought to your stories, and will be just as inclined to kick the hornet's nest on a regular basis (copyright anyone??). Good luck!

  41. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Official Register Contrarian

    Are there plans to announce the successor for this most illustrious of posts? The commentariat need to know!

    In my self-centered view may I say that my workplace time-wasting will be far less satisfactory than it has been over these past 20 years. I also hope this does not start a brain drain at El Reg which will see the likes of Verity Stob also leaving for for pastures new.

  42. Kubla Cant Silver badge

    Sad day for us; great day for you

    Best of luck, Andrew.

    And although I'm eight years too late, I nearly bust something when I read about the Mystique school of Javascript development, where coders are forbidden from ever checking the return value of a function.

  43. Alexander J. Martin

    It was a pleasure working with Andrew

    Andrew is a great journalist. As all my fellow commenters are very aware, he's a fiercely independent thinker, often contrary, but never aggressiv.e. And very funny. He's easily among the best company in a newsroom or pub you could wish for. It was a great pleasure to work with him during my stint at El Reg.

    Best of luck to you to in the future mate.

  44. Martin Summers

    Best of luck Andrew. I've been reading this site for about the same amount of time as your tenure and never understood why people got themselves so worked up about what you wrote. You've been kind enough to reply back to me about my crap news tips a few times which has been a nice touch.

    I'd completely forgotten about the Moderatrix. Still actually someone we'd love to have back I'm sure.

  45. Sir Runcible Spoon
    Paris Hilton

    Ta ta!

    As many others have said, haven't always agreed with your articles but I've always appreciated that you wrote what *you* believed in. Don't think you deserved all of the stick you got in the comments, but I reckon most of it was akin to good-natured banter between brothers - a bit like the time mine shot me in the arse at point blank range with an air pistol - oh how he laughed!

    (I see you've taken the sensible precaution of turning on moderation for this article)


    John F Kennedy once said that if he hadn't had sexual intercourse by midday, he'd get a splitting headache. Writing is like that for me a bit – I get itchy.

    Most people get itchy from too much, not too little, but to each their own :)

    Fare thee well, and best of luck for your next indentured servitude to the huddled masses.

    (That's me wiping away the single tear that just leaked from my ocular apparatus) ->>

    1. Alister

      Re: Ta ta!

      (That's me wiping away the single tear that just leaked from my ocular apparatus) ->>

      Somehow I'd never pictured you as quite so blonde, but then, that's the internet for you...

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon

        Re: Ta ta!

        It's my weekend look, I finished work early this week.

  46. fran 2

    So long, and thanks for all the articles

  47. Chris the bean counter

    Best of luck and thanks for the great humour


  48. ukgnome

    You might of caused a few comment storms (when we was allowed to comment on your articles)

    You might even be missed, then again us IT lot are not renowned for our throwing arms.

    But above all else you will never dance to this kind of tune

    Now get out!

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon
  49. Stuclark

    Somebody say NO

    Andrew was one of the reasons I started (kept) reading elReg - I remember well(ish) those days and evenings at the variously titled Symbian... / Nokia.. / "OMG, Apple just launched a bloody phone" expos and shindigs - the AAS story (which I believe I quoted you in) about which vendor gave away the best mints - the endless WTF related to Sendo & Microsoft - then your brilliant writing in the ensuing years.

    I've always tended to pay more attention to a Reg article if it had Mr. Orlowski's or the late and sorely missed Mr. Haines' names under the headline - what am I going to do now... read everything???? *Geez*!

  50. Fred Flintstone Gold badge


    All the best, Andrew, and ve vil meet again (possibly in a few weeks, actually).


  51. EvilGardenGnome


    There's much to be said about someone who speaks their mind. There is more to be said for those that actually think about it first.

    Can't say I've always agreed with you, but I've always been able to see your reason and point. That, sir, deserves more than a few tips of the elbow.


  52. sandman

    Best of luck - it's been fun! :-)

  53. Big_Boomer

    Damnit!! After BOFH yours were my favourite articles. A chance to read someone else's disillusioned views on this particular frame of reality. Yes, you will be missed. If you are writing books or larger pieces, make sure to get El Reg to mention them so I can get a copy. I would follow, but I don't do Twatter and LinkedIn seems to be turning into just another data mining exercise. All the best and Keep On Snarking

  54. Mike Moyle

    Ave atque vale

    Thank you for the informative, entertaining and, occasionally, irritating articles, sir. They, and you, will be missed.

    Best wishes.

  55. Jude Bradley

    Enjoyed your articles since I started reading reg in the last century. Best of luck in your new venture, whatever that may be.

  56. Glenn Hunt

    My favourite articles have always been yours and Ashlee's. What a loss for El Reg. You will be missed here, but glad to hear you will still be writing.

  57. iron Silver badge

    I started reading El Reg in the 90s and will greatly miss your writing here. Hopefully your blog will be cleared of tumble-weed and we'll still be able to follow your musings there. Good luck for the future and at least you can stop photographing post boxes now! ;)

  58. Old_Geek

    bye! Miss you...

    Please keep writing -- you have an uncommon combination of wit and intelligence.

  59. Nano nano

    There is life after El Reg ...

    After all, Lucy Sherriff hasn't done too badly ...

  60. J. Cook Silver badge

    Best of luck, Andrew; your articles and insights will be missed.

  61. Michael Jarve
    Thumb Up

    Well done!

    Andrew, you've been here since I started visiting the site, like a regular at the local, and I'm going to miss seeing you. I've enjoyed your writings and musings over the years, as well as your well-informed opinion pieces (which I did not always agree with, though I could not argue that they were poorly written- just that the conclusions didn't always mesh with my own, given the facts). My hat off to you for your work and dedication to critical and timely journalism, and not being the least bit timid about calling a spade a spade (as many of The Register's contributors have also done).

    I now wonder who will feature as El Reg's senior curmudgeon, as they are some large shoes to fill. One of my other favorite (print) publications, Stereophile, is also transitioning to a new generation, although John Atkinson is staying on as a technical editor, and he's groomed his replacement for some time. I wonder if Andrew has done the same, finding another writer of wry wit, with a hard-nose and critical eye to follow in his footsteps.

    All the same, I wish you the best on your future, and the gods bless whoever takes over as the Reg's voice.

  62. Tail Up

    Андрюха! Это была хорошая работа!

    Что ещё сказать? Комменты, комменты(-:

  63. Marcus Fil

    "You've done a man's job, sir! I guess you're through, huh"

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

      19 years is far too long for him to be a replicant

      1. STOP_FORTH

        He might be one of the later models.

  64. theblackhand

    Thank you

    Your articles have provoked a wide range of responses but no matter how much I have agreed or disagreed with your points, I have always enjoyed reading them.

    Thank you and good luck for the future. You will be missed by many more than those you have regular contact with.

    1. Trollslayer
      Thumb Up

      Re: Thank you

      I think you have identified what makes a great reporter.

  65. NoneSuch Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    All the best in your future endeavours Mr. O.

  66. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

    Its The End, But The Moment Has Been Prepared For

    Everyone else has said it before me, just remains to wish you all the best for your future adventures Mr O.

  67. YARR

    && ||

    Cheers for censoring my best comments over the years !!

  68. tin 2


  69. disgruntled yank

    Best of luck

    I have enjoyed reading the columns. Unfortunately, Steve Bong has spoiled me for certain of The Register's guest columnists.

  70. Will Godfrey Silver badge


    Is this a case of ElReg {cough}restructuring{cough} or are fresh victi writers in the wings?

    If new people are incoming, are the Vulture Central beancounters doing an IBM on us?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Questions

      ElReg will be doing the needful and if there are problems, will kindly revert.

  71. The Nazz

    A distant relative?

    Thanks for all your articles Mr O. and good luck and fortune elsewhere.

    I noted recently that the writing credits for some of Bobby Vee's early 1960's songs is given as Anne Orlowski ( which i believe to be Gene Pitney using his mother's maiden name).

    Not the most common surname and given that you're particularly strong on copyrights i did wonder** if you had an extra interest in that, being a relative of said Anne and Gene. Or just a coincidence?

    ** even more so now you've written that you started in the San Francisco office.

  72. earl grey

    I wasn't sure what icon to choose

    Sad face that you're leaving?

    Happy face that you've found something new?

    Beer to get you on your way.

    Beer is it.

    May the beer be with you.

  73. Kiwi

    Take care and hope the new venture works out.

    You will be missed (I mean come on, it's gotta be more than 20 years since I've handled a gun!)

    Off to pinch myself repeatedly till it sinks in... An AO article with comments enabled????????????

    ->> Here's your coat sir, enjoy the trip.

  74. jake Silver badge

    I think it was SLC who wrote:

    "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

    But you already know that.

    Thanks, man. It's been fun. I owe you a beer ... or three :-)

  75. Chris Miller

    Leyden, Page, Worstall, Haines (sadly, nothing ElReg or anyone could do about that tragic loss) and now Orlowski. Those were days when giants walked the earth. I'm sure there are good people and fine reporters working at today's Register - but they have some very oversized boots to fill.

  76. Mage Silver badge

    Oh dear!

    will the Vulture Towers ever be the same.

    Sorry to see you go. As a programmer and electronics engineer turned writer, I agree, keep writing,

  77. Dabooka

    No mention on what's next, so best of luck whatever it may be

    Like has been said, I don't always agree with your position on a few things, but why should I need too?

    Have a pint on this glorious Friday, I trust you'll at least be partaking later today in the traditional manner.

  78. anoco

    You always made me think...

    ...once I finished the first paragraph, "Wait, is this another Orlowsky piece?"

    Then I continued thinking, "What is wrong with this guy?", "Did the forceps pinch an important part of his brain?", "Is he a Russian troll?", "How can he be so smart and so dumb at the same time?", "Is the Reg keeping him here to say they're diverse?", "What is wrong with this guy?", "Doesn't he know that he acts like click bait in this site?", "He writes so well, why is he writing to the wrong audience?", "Does he enjoy pissing people off?", "Wow, I agreed with him once!!!", "What's wrong with this guy?".

    Well, I enjoyed your articles as much as walking on a rocky road with no shoes. I can't say I'll miss your opinion, but I wish you good luck with your life transition. Maybe now is the time to take some Lysergics, and hope to re-wire that part damaged by the forceps. Or take the red pill and start writing for the good side.

  79. Wilco

    Cheers then, you grumpy b*gger

    Damn fine show, place won't be the same without you, etc

  80. roadrunner66

    Apart from the creepy climate change denial, no comment.

  81. Winkypop Silver badge

    You ain't no El Reg commentard until blocked by Mr O

    Never understood the comment blocking, seemed over zealous.

    Regardless, you always made us THINK!

    Hardly a bad thing.

  82. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    what comes next?

  83. Trollslayer

    So long

    and thanks for the fish.

    You played a major part in the best err... whatever El Reg is.

    I know - above and beyond description and the hope San Francisco bureau is still there.

    Many many thanks.

  84. Tom Paine


    ...for forcing me to go read the actual science of climatology so that I /knew/ the denialist BS was BS, rather than merely strongly suspecting it.

    I stopped reading El Reg for, what, 5? 6? years because it was so enraging. Delighted to find the new-old-Reg doesn't make me want to take bite out of my coffee mug any more.

    PS ...but bring back the "Integrity? We've heard of it" and "YOUR PC is broken and I'VE got a problem?" schwag!

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